Philippine Flag Nail Art (and a plea from my heart)
I mentioned in my last post that we were hunkering down for super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as it is locally called. Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere, you have heard about the catastrophic damage that the storm has left in its wake. Those of us in Cebu City were spared the brunt of the storm but many, many others in this beautiful country were not and they are suffering unimaginably. Thousands have lost their homes. Many are literally starving and suffering dehydration as relief goods are difficult to deliver through blocked roads. Clearing roads of fallen trees and buildings and other debris takes much time and there are many people in many places that need help badly! Many people have been evacuated to Cebu City and Manila and now the government is scrambling to find housing and daily sustenance for the thousands of people with nothing left! The casualty count is getting higher and bustling cities are now in ruins. It is absolutely heart breaking.
Needless to say, with all this going on, I find it hard to bring myself to do my nails. But I decided to do these to honor the strength of the Filipino people and to raise awareness of the situation here.
These nails were inspired by the Philippine flag. I used two coats of Caronia Tea Rose (red) and then added San San Blue Sapphire to half the nail. I added gold studs I bought at Blooming Nail Cebu. These “flag nails” could have been more detailed as I could have added stars and the sun you see in the picture of the Philippine flag (below). But, I have been busy doing other things that mean more to me and I don’t have the heart to spend much time on my nails at all lately. I hope you can still see how it is inspired by the flag. One day I will do another design inspired by our flag.
I don’t know how often I will be able to post in the next few weeks as my priorities right now are spending my free time volunteering packing relief goods. But I will be back and I hope you will stick around. Please pray for this country as we mourn and try to pick up the pieces and help those hardest hit as much as we can. Thank you for reading all this. I’m sorry for such a heavy post but I hope you will understand.
Hugs to you all!
Rachel – I’m so glad you were able to and did take a little time to post this. I had been anxiously waiting to see if you were OK – and am glad that you are. It is wonderful that you are able to help others and speaking for myself, at least, I will be here when the time is right for you to be able to get back to posting again. Your message is well written and I know I will be sharing your information among my family and friends. Please take care. Those that you are able to help are lucky for your strength and self-less aid.
Thank you Hun! Sorry for the delayed reply. I appreciate the kind words and thinking of me and for spreading the word. You are a gem! 🙂
I read about Lilia’s Place on your fb page. Sounds like they really put donations to good use!
Hi Rachel I’m a new follower.I was very touched by this post so much that you have inspired me to do a nail art awareness and donation post on my blog! the more awareness out there the better as every little helps, and seeing the devastation on the News is heartbreaking.all those poor sick injured people.
I will be posting my information and nail art shorty.
I am glad you are safe.
Hi Rachel as promised here is my Blog Philippines Flag nail art for The Philippines Typhoon Appeal
I mentioned you on how you touched me with your post to help these people and you inspired me to do the same xxxxx
Dawn, thank you for this gesture. It really touched my heart and is such a great way to help. Your nails are awesome as I said before. You are such a sweetheart.
This is so touching. And I love the nails 🙂